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Animated: Top Signs Boys are in Puberty & Talking Sexual Orientation with Jane & Being Female, Male, Transgender or Fluid & Top Signs Girls are in Puberty& Masturbation: Totally Normal & Body Image & All About Getting Your Period & Consent & Porn: Fact or Fiction? & The Jimmy Pimple Show-All About Male Puberty & Birth Control Basics: Condoms, The Pill & Patch & Is it Love? & Bullying & What is HIV?
Nadav Arbel is the founder and owner of “The moving company” animation studio, which specialize in creating high quality and original animation movies. Nadav lives and works in Israel and has almost a decade of experience in producing directing and animating 2D animation shorts. He is also a lecturer of cinema and animation at The NB Haifa School of Design.
Ashraf Bekhit is a 3D animation director, born and based in Cairo Egypt, since 2004 been participating in several 2D and 3D animated projects as an animator, character designer, storyboard artist and director, most of those projects focus on delivering values to young people and helping them overcoming struggles, winner of 2004 Dubai’s IBDA’A animation award, currently working at Arascope
Animated: Expressing Myself. My Way & Contraceptinator
Dalila “Dee” Boyd graduated in Illustration and Film from Rhode Island School of Design. She then pursued a career in animation, working for several studios animating and art directing numerous commercials, television shows, and interactive software titles. She now heads Floating Pear Productions, an animation company she co-founded.
Dee has done commercial work for Nickelodeon and Olive Jar Productions . She has been a storyboarded and animator on several animated television shows such as Home Movies (UPN and Cartoon Network), Dick and Paula (FX), projects for WB, and was assistant art director on Hey Monie (Oxygen and BET), as well as several television pilots. She served as Art Director on interactive software titles for clients such as Sesame Street and Hasbro. With her own company now, she has worked extensively on writing, designing, and animating nearly all of Floating Pear’s original property such as Tedi, Write Gidget, and her children’s book “Only the Stars” with Scholastic and Color Bridge Books.
Animated: Sad and Happy: Feelings Happen
Sachio Cook is a Japanese American animation artist from Queens, NY. The inspiration for her work comes from a wide variety of sources including Anime and Literature. Sachio has worked with Titmouse Inc., Bent Image Lab, Cartoon Network and has shown her work in BunnyCutlet Gallery, NY. In 2015 she was awarded Best Music Video at the South Australian Music Awards for her video “Switch Lanes” with Tkay Maidza.
Animated: Friend or Foe
Anthony Galante is an animator from New Jersey. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film/Animation/Video. Anthony has worked on a few major productions, including Muppets Most Wanted and Irrational Man, as well as commercial work with Hornet Inc.
Animated: Boobs and More
Rachel Gitlevich is a 2D Character Animator living and working in New York City. For the past 4 years she’s been with Titmouse Animation and worked on projects like Home, Ninja Turtles, China IL, Hot Wheels, SuperJail, Turbo F.A.S.T., and a handful of pilots, music videos, and commercials. They’ve worked for Dreamworks, Netflix, Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, and Disney.
Animated: The ABCs of STDs
Meejin Hong is an animator born and raised in Spartanburg, SC. After studying experimental animation at Calarts, she moved to Pasadena, CA to live and make stuff amongst a pandemonium of parrots and creep of desert tortoises under a century old oak tree.
Bria Jones is an animator and designer based out of Burbank, CA. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, she has worked on various projects for studios such as Echo Bridge Pictures, Primal Screen, and Adult Swim. She is currently an animator at Bento Box on Bob’s Burgers. When she isn’t drawing, Bria enjoys gaming, food and puppy cuddles.
Liz Keene is an animator and illustrator currently based in Rhode Island. She’s worked on Titmouse productions such as Home, Superjail!, China IL, Turbo FAST, Hanazuki and has also worked with Adult Swim and Bleacher Report. Aside from her professional work she enjoys working on her own personal projects and illustrations in her own time.
Bo is an aspiring animator & a character designer who cooks as much as she draws. Life is sometimes bitter that she wants her works to make people laugh and be happy in the most spontaneous and genuine way.
She believes that heart-warming stories and charming characters are endearing to children, but they also bring back childlike innocence to adults. She is a production artist at BBDO by day, and a owner of secret peach farm by night.
“All adults were once children. However, only a few adults remember it.”
Animated: Wise on the Web
Tami Kim is a freelance illustrator and animator from New York City. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film/Animation/Video. She loves all forms of storytelling, which was what drew her to animation. She has worked on projects for Storycorps, Audience Entertainment, and several start-up companies throughout Boston and NYC.
Inna Komarovsky is an illustrator and graphic designer who creates a wide variety of graphics for AMAZE’s events, outreach, and education. Her illustration work outside of AMAZE has focused around other education initiatives, including classroom mobile apps, science curriculum, and museum-based activities for families. Inna holds a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design.
K. Kypers is a “professional doodler” with a BFA in animation from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In addition to their work on My Friend is Transgender and contributing to several other Amaze projects, their resume includes storyboarding for NBC/Sprout’s Astroblast! and directing/animating a handful of holiday-themed web videos for Post-it Notes. K. values dreams, empathy, and crude drawings.
Ron is an independent illustrator and 2d classical animator based in Tel Aviv.
She is a Shenkar college graduate who works on magazines, illustrated books, short films and more. She is also a producer on the Moving Words project for Arts By The People and is working on personal projects in the forms of comic strips and short animation.
David Masanso, Founder and Director Crossroads digital multimedia ltd, an Animation studio in Uganda (East Africa). A graduate in 3DComputer Animation, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK) He has over 9 years of experience in animation industry and training animators. He have directed and worked on several animation projects for organizations and corporate TV Commercial. Founder of women in Animation –Ugandan, An organization at Crossroads established to create awareness and support female animators through partnerships with schools and Universities. Founder Crossroads Kids Club, which organizes art skills training holiday programs for children.
1. An Award for the best Short Animation film Uganda Film Festival 2013 ( Imitate)
2. An Award for the best Short Animation Peal international film festivals 2013 ( African Drums)
3. An Award for the best Director short animation film 2013 Nile Diaspora ( Imitate)
4. An Award for the best Short Animation film Uganda Film Festival 2014 ( The Vow)
5.An Award for the best Short Animation film Uganda Film Festival 2015 ( The Run Away Rolex)
Allie Mehner (School of Visual Arts, BFA 2D Animation 2013) is an animator and character designer based in New York City. She’s worked at Titmouse, Inc. for the last three years, where she’s done work for companies such as Adult Swim, Dreamworks, Fox, and Nickelodeon. When she isn’t working for a client, she passes the time working on her own personal stories and projects.
Animated: When Will I Be Ready
Yekaterina Minskova is a Russian born, Brooklyn based multimedia artist. She specializes in Stop-Motion Animation featuring real people. Minskova is the Red Bull Art of Can 2015 winner for digital media.
They began their creative way together back in 2016 in Israel. Since then they got married, had a baby and started working as stop motion lecturers at the Tomas Bata university in the Czech republic. They continue creating animations for various companies and clients from their small home studio.
Olivia Porretta is a 16 year old sophomore in high school currently residing in Connecticut. She is an animator, voice actor, director, producer, and writer. She loves cartoons and animated films, and wants to keep on producing animated stuff. This is her first job! Wow-y! She hopes you like her film, and that you learn how to navigate the internet safely.
As an executive creative producer, Erica brings over a decade of experience in helping for-profits, non-profits, and government organizations create powerful communication. Her area of expertise is in cause-based messaging, with a special focus on the role and implementation of video content. She is the producer of award winning projects such as The Story of Stuff video series, the Alliance for Climate Education national assembly program and the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop “Mr. Imagination” series. Erica’s experience spans the range of everything from smaller budget micro-documentary work, to animation, to longer form episodic content mixing both live-action and animation. She is passionate about storytelling as a tool for transformation.
Yael was born in Jerusalem in 1990. In 2018 she graduated in animation from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with her film “Alef b’Tamuz’. She works as a freelance animator in Tel Aviv. In addition to her work for various web and television projects, she is currently working on an animated short documentary
I asked the others also to send their info, I hope they’ll do it soon.
Arnold Wasajja Suuna is a self taught animator/ 3D generalist who lives in Kampala, Uganda. He has been teaching 3D animation for 5 years in Kampala. He wants to eventually master storytelling (through animation of course)because that is his new obsession and Uganda has so many untold stories.
Animated: Love is Love: Free to Be Me & Where do Babies Come from
Olivia Taussig is an animator and illustrator based in New York City. Her work incorporates traditional hand drawn animation, multi-plane animation techniques, along with 2D and 3D computer animation. She works on independent animation, documentary and music video projects, to commercial work in the advertising and entertainment sector. Her independent work has screened at the Whitney Museum, SXSW along with various other festivals and gallery’s over the past seven years.
Animated: How the Boner Grows & Oh No BO & “He Said He Did It”- Peer Pressure
The New York based, 2016 GRAMMY™ Nominated songwriter/cartoonist has received multiple awards for his critically acclaimed Gustafer Yellowgold animated DVD/CD series; Nappa Gold, Parents’ Choice, 1st Place winner – Kids First! Film Festival, and is a Grand prize winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Taylor’s collaborative musical projects include Wilco members’ The Autumn Defense, Lisa Loeb and Tony award winning songwriter Duncan Sheik.
The AMAZE team is working with: Rich Chapple & Justin Lee.